You guessed it. Work is still crazy.

I figured I should recap Gavin’s 1st birthday party though before it gets to be his second. Life happens like that, ya know.

I did a safari theme (or jungle theme, depending on who you ask). My plan was to use decorations from the baby shower to save money, but I didn’t end up using a single one. #fail

I DID, however, manage to get all Suzy Homemaker and craft some decor.

I ended up getting sick the week before his party when all the last minute details should have been taken care of (and didn’t happen). I’m so grateful for my friends and family. My mom ran to the store to pick up paper necessities, my friend did my grocery shopping (picture extreme couponers), my sister made the shredded chicken, my sister in law made some taco dip, and one of my friends came to help decorate. I can’t thank my parents enough for all their help. I swear the party wouldn’t have even taken place if it wasn’t for them. So THANK YOU! <3

I was very thrilled with how the sign in table turned out.

I set out a Dr. Seuss book asking that people leave a message or wish for Gavin so we can read it for years down the road. Since the 1st birthday is generally the biggest birthday celebrated, I wanted Gavin to know all the people that were there to celebrate with him.

I bought that black G and both frames pictured from Michael’s in the clearance section. The money was well spent because I can use them after the party too. #moneysaver

I laid out pictures of him growing from month to month.

This was one of the projects that didn’t get finished. I wanted to put card stock behind them and then make numbers out of card stock to clothespin to the pictures. Ah well.

I bought some jungle sunglasses and masks so the kids attending would have something to take home and/or play with that day.

For as inexpensive as they were, I loved them!

The O-N-E scramble boxes were from Etsy. Another inexpensive find, but after getting them, I totally should have made them. Too easy.

Oh and did you see those animals pictured?

Those were my pride and joy. I had initially planned on making one for every table, as the centerpieces. That quickly changed after I made the first one. It took me THREE and a HALF HOURS to make the giraffe.

So I went down a size in the styrofoam balls. It shaved off a half hour but spending 3 hours per table was just not happening for me.

But how. freaking. adorable. are they? I mean, seriously?

Loved them!

Completely free-handed with lots of blood, sweat, and tears.

Ok. Maybe not any blood.

That’s as lie. I totally cut my hand once while I was trying to cut the tissue paper into squares. Oh lord.

Moving on…

I also made a banner that we hung at the very front of the room. It was the first craft I did. I was pleased with how it turned out.

Hard to see in that picture, but it’s up there :)

Can you believe Brandon and I didn’t take a picture with the birthday boy prior to the cake smashing? I even got him a super cute custom onesie. (also from Etsy)

You can almost see it in that picture.

I served a taco bar for lunch, complete with a crap ton of tortillas, onions and green peppers (sauteed in EVOO by yours truly), fresh diced tomatoes, queso dip, refried beans, fiesta cheese, and taco dip. It was good but we had a TON of leftovers. I was estimating 4 tacos per person thinking men might eat a little more and women and children a little less. Wow. Was I way off. I made 18 pounds of meat that was almost completely devoured but I had like 400 tortillas left. Insane.

After we ate, it was time for presents!

Gavin got SO many great gifts. We are blessed with great friends and family that spoiled him!

He loved his first ride from Grandma and Grandpa too.

He kept trying to get on it when we got home but isn’t quite tall enough yet. Soon, little man. Real soon.

Then it was time for cake. Let me take a second to preface this. I wanted a three tier cake. I know that sounds fancy. But it wasn’t. Trust me. So I went to our local bakery that makes amazing, delicious cakes. They wanted $231 dollars. For a 1st bday cake..? Get outta dodge.

My sister in law tipped me off that Wal-Mart might be able to make it for a lot cheaper. So I brought my picture to them. They wanted $138. Still outrageous. To me anyways.

I asked if they had any books of cakes they can make. I found a jungle one, asked the price… $42 plus they gave me a free smash cake. SOLD!

I originally wanted to make Gavin’s smash cake because we’re still on the fence with him about dairy and I’m not a fan of food colorings, etc. But I ran out of time.

He didn’t seem to mind it was store bought ;)

It was THE perfect day. Beautiful weather, beautiful people to share it with, and a handsome, perfect 1 year old.

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, baby boy!

Momma loves you!



Edited to add: Birthday Express contacted me and honored me with a Birthday Badge because they loved my party so much.

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Thanks Birthday Express!

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I’m still here. I promise.

A lady I work with fell and broke her arm so I’ve been trying to get all of her work AND my work done in the little 3 hours I’m at the office. It’s practically impossible, but it must be done.

In the mean time, my social networking has been on the back burner.

Here are some pancakes to make up for my absence. You’ll forgive me, yes?

Chocolate Chunk Protein Pancakes
Serves 1

- 1/2 cup Kodiak Cake power cake mix
- 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup water
- 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Extreme Milk Chocolate, 2 Pound)
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp (15g) Enjoy Life Foods – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips – 10 oz.
- pure maple syrup (optional)

1. Mix together the pancake mix and water. Cook over medium heat like normal pancakes.
2. In a small bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips.
3. Top the stack of pancakes with chocolate batter and then chocolate chips.


Macros (w/o syrup): 365 cals | 9g fat | 45g carbs | 9g fiber | 12g sugar | 29g protein



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